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The Amazing Race 9 Insider Clips, Episode 2: Unsheathing Your Bugnessby Heathyr Fields Ford -- 03/13/2006
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I totally love the “give the teams crappy cars” episodes. It highly amuses me. With the exit of the only team that was really annoying me, much to my surprise, I’m growing some love for this season! Before we can totally be done with unsheathing ourselves of Texan women, however, we have some clips to recap!
One More Stop: Lake & Michelle flip out in the car over the guy on the motorcycle not leading them well. They stop and go inside somewhere. Lake attempts to bully a woman to riding with the guy and leading them better. The woman, who speaks English, points everyone in the right direction, but declines to join the pushy American man in his race for more money then she’ll probably ever see.
Michelle keeps trying to get Lake to calm down. It doesn’t really work. He’s in semi-Ugly American mode. This bodes not well for the future. Back in the car, Lake rants that they do not even speak Spanish but some other language. Michelle reminds me that it is Portuguese. It matters not to him, of course. I am shocked by how many people do not know Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking country. Anyway, Lake pleads to the sky to just give them a break and have the guy take them to the right place. I wait for a lightning bolt, but sadly, nothing.
Job Well Done: I so did not think I’d like Double D, but dang, I really do. Yay for breaking of stereotypes! They are following someone and hope they get led right. They noticed Fran & Barry broken down, they tell us, so that is good for them. They do not want to go home yet, and they are proud for what they’ve done. They will not give up until Phil eliminates them. They did mention not knowing how to drive a stick, and I beg everyone out there auditioning to GO DRIVE A STICK.
Getting To Know You: Outside Bloco F, the teams chat. Team Stoner (BJ & Tyler) joke that Team Frat (Eric & Jeremy) are so used to running for the beer, that everyone better watch out. The two teams share some good-natured funning at each other’s expense, Stoners accusing the Frats of having roofies in their bags and Frats chortling that the Stoners have ‘shrooms and pot in theirs. Now that would make for an interesting race. The Amazing Technicolor Wow I’m Flying Dude I’m Hungry Race.
Auto Agony: BJ & Tyler defy their hippie outlook by being inept at driving a VW Bug. I’m disappointed! They have driven it onto the sidewalk in an attempt to do a u-turn, and they seem incapable of finding reverse. Some antics and finally pushing results in a fixed situation. Fortunately, the gang held their cool, even while other races drove by them, and never freaked out. Must be the pot in the backpack.
Falling Apart: A hubcap lies on the side of the road, and BJ & Tyler stop for it. One jokes that if they lose the race because of this hubcap, the other is in trouble. But, they both agree the country is too beautiful to litter in. They joke about hubcap stew for dinner. Now that they’ve adapted to being in front of the camera, I like them. Their antics are just them now, not the over-the-top crud they were doing last week.
Language Lesson: Ray & Yolanda ride in a cab, and Yolanda whips out some Portuguese to the driver, who tells her that is the most important word to know. Ray had tried “Rapido” to little result. Heh. The word is thank you, of course, and Yolanda tries to teach it to Ray. He fails miserably but with aplomb. Nice clip, fun couple.
Flying Fun: Lori tells Dave he’s sweaty as they get in the cab post-rappel. He explains the rappelling was fun after he stopped swinging and being turned around backwards. Heh. He claims his weight and higher amplitude with the wind contributed to this. Double heh. Going far away from the building was way scary, he says, but he got the hang of it. Lori lauds him and says how proud she is of him. He’s glad he didn’t eat much before running those stairs. They high five, and I adore them a little more.
Just Hanging Out: Eric & Jeremy sit in the car while the teams they are following clarify directions with locals. Monica walks over to let them know what’s up. They agree it’s a good idea. She walks away. One of them claims it’s too bad she has a boyfriend because he’d spank her butt. Then he says that he would apparently spank a lot of butts, male and female, as he references his earlier admiration of an ass that wound up being male. Snarfle. They decide that the other teams will lose Eric & Jeremy because they aren’t doing anything to help. Then again, they expostulate, how helpful is it to surround locals with a bunch of Americans anyway? They figure the other teams will rightly say they are effing lazy. Heh. These guys do NOT take themselves or what they say seriously. I thought I’d hate them, but they totally amuse me.
Mother Figure: Fran & Barry ride in the cab as Fran explains to Barry how she comforted Danielle at the top of the rappel. Apparently, D and Other D are both scared of heights so Danielle volunteered to rappel. Fran hugged her and encouraged her. She explains that she and Barry have kids older than Danielle and you never stop being a mom. She’s proud Danielle did it.
Pedal to the Metal: The Gagazons try to drive the stick Bug up a dirt road and fail miserably. Joni, in the backseat, offers to get out to lighten the load. After much ado, the Bug pulls through. Lisa thanks Jesus, who I think doesn’t care much. Joni tells Lisa she needs to be more positive in her abilities.
So Close Yet So Far Away: On the way to the Pit Stop, Lisa & Joni cannot see while driving and the car suddenly stops. Lisa panics and freaks about all of this. She just sort of sits there in an unhelpful panic stupor. I want to smack her. Joni wants to get out and walk because she sees lights and it might be the Pit Stop. They get out of the car, and Lisa freaks some more about how she cannot see to drive, she doesn’t want to roll over and kill anyone, and she doesn’t want to give up. So sitting around in a stupor and then panicking and whining isn’t giving up? Silly me. Back in the car, Lisa has her head in her hands as she drives in a resigned, poor-me way that makes me want to slap her some more. Joni continues to try to build her up. Give it up already, sister.
Harsh Reality: Team MoJo walk through the streets and see children sleeping on them. It obviously profoundly affects them, and we see their hands tightly grip one another’s as they talk about how sad it is. They agree that it sucks to see that with kids. No kidding. I’m with you there. Sigh.
Lost: Wanda drives while Desiree bemoans their lost status. There are no signs, and no one has been able to help them. Desiree feels it is stupid to be last and probably eliminated because of being lost. She’s not whiny negative about it though, thank god, because I like them and would hate to slap her. Wanda opines that they might not be last and keeps a positive face.1 2 Next-->
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